Archive for May, 2015
I love to watch Little League baseball, and I really like to watch the little kids play. I enjoy watching when the batter hits it to the pitcher who lets it roll between his legs. Then the second baseman picks the ball up and throws it into right field. Now the batter is running to second. He runs to third while the outfielder is picking the ball up and dropping it a couple of times. Then when the ball is thrown into the dugout, the batter makes it all the way home. And that is when someone yells: “He hit a homerun.” It was fun. It was exciting. It was a run scored. But it was not a homerun. It was four errors. It was not even a hit. Calling it a homerun does not change the facts. It does not make it true. Telling the batter he hit a homerun may make him feel good, but it is still not right.
It reminds me of how some people talk about following Jesus.
There are some who do not know what the Bible says about following Jesus. They may believe that something is true when it is not. That is why it is important to know what God says about salvation, and not just what someone told them was right.
Some would even say if I feel good about things, then I must be right. “ God surely wants me to be happy, so whatever makes me happy will be approved by God.” So they end up expecting God’s approval based on what they believe.
It is better to find out what God expects you to do to be approved by Him. Then live accordingly. You will find lasting joy in His will.
God is the ultimate judge. He determines who lives with Him forever. He sent a Son to make that possible. He told the story of His love in a book we call the Bible. There are people living their lives based on that truth. And you are invited to join us on that journey.
“On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines.” (Isaiah 25:6)
One day, God is going to throw us a party! A feast. A grand celebration. There will be eating. Yes, there will even be drinking. But the greatest thing about the party? We will be celebrating in the presence of God.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
Jesus came to this earth to do two things: to serve and to die. He did not come because he wanted us to serve him. He served others. Then he gave up his life to ransom us.
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalms 1:1–2)
The book of Psalms begins with a description of the man God blesses: one who doesn’t listen to bad people, but does listen to God’s Word. Who are you listening to?
When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the aposltes and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them. (Acts 15:4)
We must share with other what the Lord is doing. Make it a point today to share one thing God has done in your life or in the life of your church family.
God has just told his people that he hates their religion! He doesn’t want them doing “spiritual” things while mistreating other people. God hates hypocrisy.
Do you want to worship God in the right way? Then you have to treat people right.
Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. (Leviticus 10:1)
Pay attention to what God clearly says to do and not do. It is a dangerous thing to change what He says. Read the Bible for yourself and follow it. God’s way is best.
The story of the founding of Apple Computers is legendary, how a couple of guys in a garage started the company that would change the computer industry. Almost everyone knows of Steve Jobs. And many have heard of Steve Wozniak. Not many remember Ronald Wayne, however.
Wayne helped Jobs and Wozniak start Apple; in fact, he wrote the document that formally created Apple. He soon got cold feet, however, and sold his stake in the company for $800. He eventually signed an agreement renouncing all claims against Apple, receiving a further compensation of $1500.
In 2013 it was estimated that Wayne’s stake in the company would have been worth approximately $35 billion. It’s value would be even greater today.
In the book of Genesis, we read about a man who sold his family rights for a plate of stew. His name was Esau. In the New Testament book of Hebrews, the writer refers to his story and says:
“See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.” (Hebrews 12:16–17)
I seriously doubt that you’ll ever make a financial mistake on the scale that Ronald Wayne did. And I doubt that you’ll give up your family fortune for a plate of food.
But do you value what God has given you the way you should? Do you remember that God made you to be a unique, special individual? Do you keep in mind that he loved you so much that he sent Jesus to die for you? Do you live knowing that he chose you to be his own special possession?
You can choose to get full value on God’s gift, receiving eternal life. Or you can squander what you’ve been given, and you’ll live forever with the consequences. Because, just like Ronald Wayne and just like Esau, you will reach a point where your poor choice can never be undone.
Choose God. Choose life. Choose salvation.
“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14)
Wow! What a depressing thought.
The author is talking about life on earth without God, without consider our Creator. It’s all meaningless, like trying to catch the wind in our hands.
Only with God in our lives can this world make any sense.
He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left. (II Kings 22:2)
What an example for us. Make it a point today to stay on the right path. Walk in the way of the Lord.